Tuesday 28 April 2015

Living and working in the UK and Ireland

Maltese graduates and professionals have traditionally looked towards the UK and Ireland for career opportunities beyond our shores.

Not only are these countries English-speaking and drive on the left like Malta, they also share many similarities in their governance and the benefits EU citizens who live there enjoy, such as free healthcare and education.

Moreover, with Malta and most of mainland Europe being just a low-cost flight away, it is incredibly easy to travel around and visit for a quick holiday to enjoy pastizzi with friends and family!

Why live and work overseas

The opportunities for professionals who apply for jobs in the UK and Ireland are immense.

Salaries tend to be significantly higher than what is typically offered in Malta and there are more opportunities to advance professionally by specialisation in a particular niche of your career.

However, we realise that there as many people--especially graduates fresh out of University--who might find the thought of relocating to a different country very challenging, possibly even scary.

To help answer the most common questions about living and working in the UK and Ireland, we’ve compiled brief overviews which spotlight the benefits and costs involved in moving to these two countries.

Moving to the UK

Countless Maltese graduates and professionals have found professional success in the UK, especially those in the health-related careers.

Boasting one of the oldest and most advanced healthcare systems in Europe and the world, the UK offers a unique opportunity to elevate your career ambitions to new levels while working in an environment that enables you to develop professionally and achieve all of them.

The iconic Elizabeth Tower in London.

Benefits of living there

Life in the UK isn’t just about cloudy skies and rain.

From modern cities, to rolling green hills in the countryside, from breathtaking coastal scenery to the stern beauty of the highlands, the UK is a geographical and cultural melting pot.

Besides being a stable and vibrant economy, the UK offers free healthcare and education just like Malta and similar peace of mind when it comes to personal safety.

Driving is on the left, like in Malta, so you can simply hop in a car, turn the ignition and go.

Where to?

Maybe to one of the never-ending choices of entertainment and cultural attractions in the UK, which you can discover at your leisure while you’re based there.

The famous English countryside.

Cost of living

Admittedly, living costs in the UK rank amongst the highest in the EU, however these figures should be seen in their proper perspective since they differ significantly from one region of the UK to the other, as well as according to the person’s lifestyle.

While rent costs range £ 1,000 to £ 3,000 for apartments in prime locations, prices begin dropping steeply outside of city centres and transport to and from work is easy and reliable.

An overview of the cost of living in the UK can be found here.

Nursing jobs in the UK and Ireland

Muovo is currently offering newly graduated as well as experienced nurses exciting career opportunities at a number of prestigious nursing homes, public and private hospitals, and private clinics in the UK and Ireland.


Nurses who apply can enjoy unparalleled career progression and development opportunities, as well as with excellent remuneration packages which include all travelling, transfers and accommodation costs for the first three months.

Moving to Ireland

Ireland is another popular work destination with Maltese health professionals.

View along the Ring of Kerry.

Despite its small size, this country offers a lively and culturally rich lifestyle which will satisfy the artistically inclined and provides countless attractions and entertainment options for people who settle there to enjoy in their free time.

Benefits of living there

Besides a legendary pub culture, Ireland has plenty to offer to professionals who want to advance their careers and maybe even bring up a family.

A typical Irish pub in Dublin.
Housing is affordable and fits every kind of budget. Transportation is easy and cheap, and mainland Europe is only a flight away. Ireland is renowned for its natural beauty, so it’s unlikely you’ll feel like leaving any time soon!

Cost of living

Like the UK, living costs in Ireland vary widely and change according to lifestyle and location.

You can check the prices of various items in Ireland here.


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